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Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival

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Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival

13 Days

On this tailormade Dream Escape trip, specially designed to coincide with the world-famous Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival, discover Ireland’s booming culinary scene. This chauffeur-driven journey combines some of Ireland’s most rugged and breath-taking scenery with the finest dining in the country.

Exclusive experiences are complemented with stays at luxurious properties, creating a wonderfully indulgent trip.



Dream Escape’s gastronomic adventure could include any of the following experiences:

  • Visit bakeries, food halls, street markets and delicatessens on a privately guided walking tour of Dublin’s culinary highlights.


  • Experience ‘Ireland through the Ages’ with a 16th century feast in a private castle and artisan cheese tastings with the lady of the manor in her 18th century home.


  • Explore the lakes of Killarney National Park with an afternoon of kayaking past wooded islands and limestone caves.


  • Get the chance to attend the opening of the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival and soak in the electric atmosphere.


  • Uncover the heritage of Irish food as you get a hands-on experience in a private cookery class.


  • Take to the saddle and led by an expert local guide embark on a trail ride through Ireland’s first national park, the best way to admire the stunning scenery of the park.


  • Enjoy the fantastic programme of events at the Galway Festival; take part in cookery demonstrations, watch an array of tasting events and, of course, sample the renowned oysters.
  • Be welcomed into a private, contemporary lakeside villa by the charismatic owner and get the privilege of viewing her private collection of Irish art and sculptures.


  • Sit down to dinner at the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin Star and sample their rustic dishes that aim to replicate the natural flavours of Ireland.


  • Spend a day relaxing at the ‘best resort in Ireland’ taking advantage of the wide variety of activities available on the sprawling 350-acre estate.


  • Discover the Irish capital’s vibrant history and culture on an eco-friendly bike tour past the city’s highlights.


  • Pay a visit to Galway’s infamous covered market, exploring the vendors selling produce from around the world.


  • Embark on a specially arranged food trail through The Burren visiting a working sheep farm, an award-winning craft butcher as well as a traditional free-range pig farm.


Dream Escape recommends a number of five-star properties for your foodie adventure through the Emerald Isle. Begin your trip in a renowned Dublin hotel overlooking the grand St Stephen’s Green. Follow this with stays in luxurious, rural properties all offering breath-taking views and genuine Irish hospitality.

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A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary




A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary




The wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, passing the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and birthplace of the Irish Nation.


Enjoy a three-hour, hands on immersion into culinary Ireland is a unique tapas course.


Visible for miles is St Patrick’s Rock, also known as Cashel of the Kings. It was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years before the Norman invasion.


Killarney is an excellent spot from which to explore the outstanding natural scenery of Co. Kerry. Today and the National Park is renowned for its beauty; Ireland’s highest mountains raise a jagged edge to the sky while at their feet rest three still lakes (Upper Lake, Muckross Lake and Lough Leane) studded with little islands.


For over sixty years, at the end of each September the renowned Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival is held.


This trail includes a visit to a working sheep farm, a traditional free range pig farm and an award-winning craft butcher.



Dublin is steeped in history, with Viking, medieval and Georgian influences all having left their marks. Since the time of the Vikings, Dublin has been the principal gateway to the Emerald Isle. The medieval city, with its intimate knots of small alleys and broad streets south of the river, was developed in Norman times around St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and later came to symbolise British rule in Ireland. The 18th century was the “Age of Elegance”, a time of relative prosperity when the Irish gentry set about remodelling the city into one of elegance, replete with graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and fanlight doorways. The city became Ireland’s capital with the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1937, and today is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.


Located by the three lakes and mountains of the Killarney National Park, Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. During the summer months, the lively on-street musical entertainment complements the meandering of tourists and locals alike. On bright evenings, one can browse in a bookstore, admire art or savour the delights of homemade ice cream or a finely prepared lobster.


Galway is the official European Region of Gastronomy 2018. The region stretches from green fields and rich farmlands to the unique karst landscape of the Burren and into Galway city, the trout fishing capital of Europe, and along the wild, rugged Atlantic coast. Galway has one of the highest densities of restaurants in Ireland and includes two of the country ‘s Michelin Star restaurants: Aniar and Loam. Galway is a city with a proud seafaring tradition and Galway Bay is one of the most celebrated oyster fisheries, where the native Irish oyster is widely prized as a delicacy in the later months of the year.


Lough Corrib is reputed to have hundreds of islands including the most famous one, Inchagoill where visitors can embark upon a private guided tour and enjoy spectacular views of the Maumturk Mountain Range. There are 5th and 12th century ruins and nature trails and charming woodlands perfect for many outdoor pursuits.

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